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Verb: float  flowt
  1. Be in motion due to some air or water current
    "the boat floated on the lake";
    - drift, be adrift, blow
     
  2. Be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
    - swim
     
  3. Set afloat
    "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
     
  4. Circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
    "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"
     
  5. Move lightly, as if suspended
    "The dancer floated across the stage"
     
  6. Put into the water
    "float a ship"
     
  7. (masonry) Make the surface level or smooth
    "float the plaster"
     
  8. Allow (currencies) to fluctuate
    "The government floated the ruble for a few months"
     
  9. Convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation
    "float data"
Noun: float  flowt
  1. The time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
     
  2. The number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
     
  3. A drink with ice cream floating in it
    - ice-cream soda, ice-cream float
     
  4. An elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
     
  5. A hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster, cement or stucco
    - plasterer's float
     
  6. Something that floats on the surface of water
     
  7. An air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy
    - air bladder, swim bladder

Derived forms: floats, floated, floating

Type of: artefact [Brit], artifact [N. Amer], change over, convert, display, drink, essay, examine, go, hand tool, interval, launch, locomote, move, presentation, prove, sac, smooth, smoothen, stock, test, time interval, transport, travel, trial, try, try out, value

Antonym: sink

Encyclopedia: Float